LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 13/05/2019
Written by Mike Stewart on 16 May, 2019
POULTRY FARMS PROJECT SPARKS PROTESTS
A plan to set up two big poultry farms near Eye has produced nearly 100 complaints.
The protests have mainly come from villagers living near the two proposed sites at Horham and Southolt, including the parish councils. The Hoxne company, E-pigs is applying to put up 12 chicken sheds to house 800,000 birds at a time.
Mid Suffolk council is currently carrying out environmental asessments.
MOTORIST FACES HEAVY FINES AFTER TWO SPEEDING OFFENCES IN WEEKS
A motorist from Kenninghall has been told to pay fines and costs totalling over £900, after being caught speeding twice within a few weeks.
32 year old Bradley Marney, of Market Place, was spotted driving more than 30 miles over the limit on the A11 last June at 103 miles an hour. This was just seven weeks after driving at 60 miles an hour in a 50 miles an hour area on the same road.
He was also given nine points on his licence for the two offences. The court heard that he’d previously had a clean licence.
MORE SICK NOTES SIGNED BY GPS IN NORFOLK
Thousands more sick notes were written for patients by doctors in Norfolk last year.
About 10,000 additional notes were made out in 2018, compared to the year before – many for mental disorders. Nearly 166,000 notes were written in the Norfolk and Waveney areas, an increase of about 7 per cent.
YOUNG AND THE OLD ARE COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS FOR 2019
The community champions of Diss this year are a 79 year old fundraiser for the Royal British Legion and a high school pupil.
Jim Bidwell, from Roydon, takes the honoured citizen award as the branch co-ordinator for the town’s Poppy Appeal, which saw a record collection of £25,000 last year. He’s also co-ordinated the Remembrance Sunday parade in the town.
The junior good citizen award went to 17 year old Zinhle Moyo, who’s charity rep on the sixth form committee at Diss High school. She helped to organise a charity week that raised £4,500 for charity, as well as volunteering for six months at Oxfam in Diss. She’s also on the South Norfolk youth advisory board and Diss youth council.
APARTMENT PLANS ON THE MERE ARE REVISED
Plans to build a modern apartment building overlooking the Mere in Diss have been revised. The developers have now scaled back the design of the build.
The move is aimed at reducing impact on the nearby area, including the wildlife garden and boardwalk. There’s been strong criticism of the project from various groups, including the Heritage Triangle Trust and the Heritage Partnership.